Our creative team is always looking for ways to engage people in worship differently. Here is a multi-sensory meditation from Sunday’s worship gathering. As we explained Sunday, it’s great to be able to participate in spiritual practices together as a church body at our “family feast”, but also the goal is to learn to practice them at home as individuals, continuing to “feast on the abundance of [God’s] house” throughout the week (Ps 36:8). “Late Have I Loved You” is from Gungor’s Beautiful Things.
First, wait a minute in silence before God, and then briefly express praise and thanks to Him.
Meditate on the beginning of this reading in silence, and then press play and meditate on the rest of the reading and the image as you listen. Take your time.
“O eternal Truth, true Love, and beloved Eternity, you are my God, and for you I sigh day and night….
“I looked for a way to gain the strength I needed to enjoy you, but I did not find it until I embraced the mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who is also God, supreme over all things and blessed for ever….
“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you…. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.“
-The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Going further: Read and meditate on the account of Saint Paul’s conversion in Acts 9